Thetford elects its youngest ever mayor

Terry Jermy in his mayoral robes after being elected as the new mayor of Thetford for 2016/17.

Terry Jermy in his mayoral robes after being elected as the new mayor of Thetford for 2016/17. - Credit: Archant

Thetford Town Council has elected its youngest mayor in its 800 year history.

Terry Jermy was unanimously elected as the town's mayor for 2016/17 at the Mayor-making ceremony in the Guildhall this evening.

The 30-year-old takes over from previous incumbent Robert Kybird. Denis Crawford was elected as deputy mayor.

Mr Jermy, also a Breckland district and Norfolk county councillor, was nominated for the position by Brenda Canham, who said he was 'not afraid to speak on behalf of the people of Thetford'.

Mr Jermy said: 'For somebody like myself from a humble background, I cannot express what an honour it is to be elected mayor and I thank you for the opportunity.

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'I want to thank those people in my life who have helped shape my beliefs but also provided me with strong role models.

'I'm going to be the youngest mayor of Thetford. It doesn't always afford me with patience and wisdom, and I will look to my fellow councillors for guidance during the year ahead.

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'I'm sure my year as mayor will be different to what some people are used to, but I will aim to do everything that is required of me in the role.'

In his acceptance speech, Mr Jermy vowed his term would be dedicated to the young people of his hometown.

'I know a bit about the barriers, both physical and psychological, that still exist for those growing up in the town,' he said.

'I'm going to have some help from other people who have grown up in Thetford and then gone on to achieve in their lives.'

Mr Jermy announced Corinne Fulford as his consort for the year and Canon Bob Baker as his chaplain.

In his speech, outgoing mayor Mr Kybird offered good wishes to Mr Jermy and Mr Crawford and thanked outgoing deputy mayor Sylvia Armes for her support.

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